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  • Mj Pettengill

The Magic of the Blues


Blueberry Magic
Blueberry Magic

I am grateful for blueberries.


Sweet or not, these berries are a gift.


They are emerging in the fields of Marigold Moon, mountain paths, and on the shores of local lakes and ponds.


I like picking them for countless reasons, but I always remember to save some for other inhabitants, both wild and otherwise. This is aligned with the wildcrafter's promise and code.


Blueberries can be used fresh, frozen, or dried/dehydrated. If they have any greenish or red hue, they are not ready. Wait and pick them when they are very dark-colored.


I make mouth-watering blueberry jam. Everything else is an extra gift.


Then there are the leaves. You can use them fresh or dried. I prefer to gather them when the leaves turn reddish in the autumn to add to a tea blend or create an extract.


Blueberries help treat neurodegenerative diseases, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, and help with allergy-related inflammation.


The leaves are high in antioxidants (more than the fruit itself)and a whole lot of other benefits.


The simple act of picking them on a bright, warm summer day is its own form of healing.


So Much Love